You may have heard the impatient man’s prayer. It is going something similar to this: “Lord, I needed patience, and I require it At This Time!”
Within a world filled up with discourteous drivers, selfish or thoughtless customers, personality conflicts with coworkers and also the constant demands of children and family, we must have Patience is a virtue only to ensure that it stays together!
It comes with an old Dutch proverb which says, “A few patience may be worth more than a bushel of brains.” Experience often shows that a patient person will make better decisions to see more favorable outcomes in life compared to a very intelligent person who doesn’t hold the patience to wait for a proper time and opportunity.
Leonardo da Vinci is credited with saying, “Patience functions as protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For when you wear more clothes as the cold increases, it is going to have zero power to hurt you. So in like manner you should grow in patience whenever you meet up with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.”
In Galatians 5:22 the apostle Paul recorded a list of characteristics which are borne of God’s Spirit. The fourth one listed is “longsuffering,” better understood today as patience. It is really an attribute in the Creator God, as well as something that is vital for a Christian to possess at the same time.
Patience can safeguard our minds and emotions, but it may also guide us to think and look at the struggle of life in the proper manner. Let’s look at two primary ways patience applies to us.
1. Patience with God
How can you react when God fails to react to your prayers using the answer or the timing you would like?
We all know God is perhaps all-powerful, and there is not any trial or obstacle we face which he lacks the ability to take out or help us overcome. So why doesn’t He always achieve this whenever we ask?
The apostle James gives us a perspective about this question: “My brethren, count everything joy if you fall into various trials, realizing that the testing of your own faith produces patience” (James 1:2-3, emphasis added throughout).
God has promised never to leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), but nowhere does He promise to answer all our prayers immediately, or even to answer them in exactly the way you desire.
As parents, we are able to answer our children’s requests using a “Yes,” a “No” or a “Later,” according to what we believe to get best for them.
Our Father in heaven has the same options when answering us. As difficult as it can be to take a “No,” faith demands which we put our trust in Him to know what is most beneficial. And the way are we able to differentiate between a “No” and a “Later”? We will need to wait, which requires-patience!
Losing patience with God?
How often have we seen people that lost patience with God? They felt the trial these people were enduring had not been fair, and maybe these people were right. They felt the trials they were facing were not deserved or otherwise not their fault; and, indeed, they may not have done something to produce the problem. Then when God didn’t answer immediately to eliminate the trouble or give them victory, they decided God either didn’t care or He didn’t exist.
The result was they lost patience with God and decided they would no more watch for Him. With that decision, they often walked clear of God and from living wherein is righteous. Some have even gone so far concerning determine that if God wouldn’t intervene, they would take matters to their own hands-usually with disastrous results. Consider Abraham deciding to get a child by Sarah’s maidservant (Genesis 16), instead of waiting on God to provide a son as He had promised (Genesis 15:4).
Everything we sometimes lose sight of is an ideal perspective from the Creator. There has never been a time when our God did not exist (Isaiah 57:15). They have seen everything, and in every circumstance He understands our needs significantly better than we can easily. Up to we understand everything we want, He knows exactly what is truly best!
Paul points that out in Romans 8:28 where we are told that everything work out for the ultimate good, if we carry on and obey and serve Him while we should. That will require faith that God does know what is most beneficial, and it requires patience to wait patiently on His timing.
Jeremiah knew what troubles were as Judah was being taken captive all around him. Cities and towns were being overrun, and thousands were being killed or removed into slavery. In the middle of such terrible trials, the following is what he was required to say: “The LORD is nice to people who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It really is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD” (Lamentations 3:25-26).
Our great and loving God knows what we each need, and also in His perfect wisdom He will provide it. Around we don’t love to listen to it, sometimes we require a trial to teach us valuable lessons or correct behavior which needs to be changed. Patience with God allows us to wait patiently until He supplies the answers He knows we must have during the time He knows we require them.
2. Patience with other people
Often our biggest challenge is wanting to exercise patience in your relationships with others. (Needless to say, the reverse may also be true, as others sometimes ought to exercise patience with us.)
“Patience with others arises from a love and respect for other people. In 1 Corinthians 13:4 we are told that love “suffers long,” or is patient. The passage goes on to explain how love is not selfish, prideful or rude, as it is considering the welfare of an individual else. Love will be the basis, and patience is part of that process.”I want to give you a quotation from The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick:
“Can your husband or wife trust having a patient wife or husband to manage? Can she know that locking her keys in the vehicle is going to be met through your calm understanding as opposed to a demeaning lecture that creates her feel childish? Can he realize that being found watching a football game won’t automatically 35devnpky a loud-mouthed laundry set of better ways he ought to be spending his time?” (2013, p. 3). Relationship experts confirm what we’ve all experienced: Impatient people can be hard to live with.
Patience with other people arises from a love and respect for other people. In 1 Corinthians 13:4 we have been told that love “suffers long,” or maybe patient. The passage continues on to explain how love will not be selfish, prideful or rude, because it is thinking about the welfare of somebody else. Love is definitely the basis, and patience is a component of the process.
In another set the apostle Paul describes the relationship we ought to have collectively, including not just showing tender mercies and kindness, but “bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if someone carries a complaint against another” (Colossians 3:12-13).
Opting to endure an insult or a provocation by allowing it go requires a lot of patience! We could have these kinds of patience because we truly treasure our family and friends in spite of their shortcomings.
Patience doesn’t mean weak
Simultaneously, we have to realize that a client individual is not the exact same thing like a weak person. Being patient does not always mean we should just “take it” if someone is abusive or creates problems for us. You will find a time after it is okay to convey to others how their actions or conduct is hurtful or disrespectful to us. This ought to always be done with love and pure motives, so we might still should be patient to see a confident change or outcome.
Neither does patience mean we sit around not doing anything, expecting God or another person to eliminate all of our problems. Rather, it means we are prepared to serve as long and as hard as essential to solve problems and, up to is achievable, to mend relationships.
Deep and abiding faith in God is essential here. It is much easier for us being patient once we know that the Creator from the universe sees, is involved and may cause all things to sort out for your ultimate good! Being patient doesn’t mean we quit or simply roll over, but alternatively which we will patiently get through problems and trust our God to supply a way where human efforts alone cannot prevail.
Study examples of patience
Almost all of us recognize we are not quite as patient while we must be. We must have patience with God, knowing that He has perfect perspective and also knows what is perfect for us.
We must also remain calm with other individuals, loving and treasuring them their faults and all-in the same way we hope they will do with us. Fortunately, the Bible contains many wonderful examples of men and women of faith who have done just that.